A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Jimmy Carter.  Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States of America.  He was born James Earl Carter, Jr. on October 1, 1924 in Plain, Georgia.  He is currently 91 years old.  He married Rosalynn Smith in 1946.  They are still married and had four children during their marriage.

Today, he is known as a politician and author.  He has been a peanut farmer and naval officer.  He started farming peanuts when he was just a teenager.  His father had given him an acre of his land and Jimmy grew, packaged, and sold peanuts.  In between other pursuits, Jimmy went back to farming at times as an adult.  He served in the military from 1943 until 1953 in the United States Navy.  Part of his service had personnel working to shutdown the NRX reactor at Chalk River that had a partial meltdown.  He was a lieutenant in the Navy.  He was a member of the Georgia Senate from 1963 until 1967.  He was then Governor of Georgia from 1971 until 1975.  He was inaugurated as the President of the United States January 20, 1977 and served until January 20, 1981.

Early in his presidency, Jimmy Carter pardoned Vietnam War draft evaders.  While President, he created the Department of Energy and the Department of Education.  He established a national energy policy.  The Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, and SALT II occurred.  The Panama Canal Zone was returned to Panama as well.  Towards the end of his presidency, the Iran hostage crisis, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan occurred.  He ended up with a low public approval rating and historians favor his post-presidency work over his work as President.

Jimmy Carter’s peace keeping and humanitarian efforts have made him make records and earn awards for his success as an ex-President.  He and his wife are volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity.  He was awarded the United Nations Human Rights, the Hoover Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize.  His writing has been nominated for and once won Grammy Awards.  Places and things, such as a submarine, have been named to honor him.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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